BERGEN, CITY OF SEVEN MOUNTAINS

The seven mountains, the surrounding fjords and fantastic coastline with thousands of Islands mean that the Bergen region has an exceptional proximity to nature and all that is necessary for many different activities.
The Norwegian Fjords have been voted the world’s most unspoiled tourist destination by National Geographic.
Seven Mountains surround the city and give outstanding views. There is a Cable Car up one and a Funicular up another giving great starting points to the many hiking trails. The Mountains range in height from 350 metres to 643 metres.

Today we set out in pouring rain on the 5 minute walk to the bus, fortunately down hill – we are high on one of the aforementioned mountains. It was 09.30 and still dark. There were few people in the City streets when we arrived. The decision was made to have a coffee at Starbucks while we consulted our map to decide on our next move. Most shops and businesses were closed as it is Christmas Eve – quite a contrast to Australia where there would be frantic last minute shopping. We draped coats etc. over chairs to let them drip dry!

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At this point I was thinking that my view of Bergen was going to be from the windows of Starbucks, a lovely building by the way.

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The weather began to clear and Bryggen, a World Heritage Site was close by.
The very first buildings in Bergen were situated at Bryggen, which has been a vibrant and important area of the city for many centuries. The world heritage site consists of the old Hanseatic wharf and buildings, and one of the best known urban areas from the Middle Ages in all of Norway. Bryggen is very much a living part of the cultural heritage that is still in active use in this historical area of the city.

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World’s Largest Gingerbread City – Bergen has the world’s largest and finest gingerbread town. Kindergartens, schools, businesses and thousands of individuals have contributed every year since Christmas 1991.

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Time for lunch at the Fish Market right alongside the harbour – delicious grilled Halibut for me.

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A short walk through part of the Old Town took me passed an amazing McDonalds building.

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Back to Starbucks (photo below)to meet MM.
We had ascertained that they were open until three and that we could spread a little to dry and, importantly , there was a toilet.

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At 16:00 we were at St. John’s Church
(Lutheran) for a traditional Christmas Eve Service with hundreds in attendance. Most was in Norwegian, with a couple of readings in English. It is always a joy to hear the pipe organ and the sound of many voices.

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As we celebrate the birth of our Saviour may you know the true blessing of the Love, Joy and Peace that flows from Him.

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